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SIA interpretation 1: Monkey lithograph

It’s time for my FIRST interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first inspiration artwork curated by newest SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. That’s right, I was so inspired that I wore TWO inspiration outfits; you will see the other one on Wednesday, the same day of the round-up on Daenel’s blog.

The inspiration artwork:

Daenel chose this lithograph, seen below, because she ♥ ♥ ♥ monkeys, and the colors are so springlike. As Daenel herself said, “Since this is my first time curating, I thought I’d go with something fun and colorful, with plenty of room for interpretation.” Click here for more information about the lithograph.

"Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes" lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is in the Public Domain

“Monkey, from Quadrupeds series (N41) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes” lithograph via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the Public Domain

My first interpretation:

My immediate starting point was this dress, which has a double dot print of large and small circles. In my mind, the larger circles could represent the coconuts in the lithograph. Then came the idea of pairing this print dress with a patterned headband or scarf that had a mix of colors from the print. And this headband with its floral and paisley print has all the colors mixed in together! The rest of the outfit came together very easily.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of straw handbag + dress pattern

I picked this straw bag because the reddish brown trim fit in with the lithograph colors. And the straw, or raffia, helped tie in my cognac wedges to the rest of the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband closeup

For my jewelry, I had lots of options, including several wood pieces of jewelry. I originally thought of wearing my coconut shell earrings and/or necklace, seen here, but ultimately, they pulled too much focus for my liking. But I did in the end choose my petrified wood stud earrings and this reddish stone necklace that my husband bought me years ago in Turkey. The pendant matched the reddish bits in my headband, and OF COURSE y’all know that I then matched my lip color accordingly. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white with a print headband

Weather:  Sunny and perfect

Where:  Work day at the library that included a presentation to fellow faculty

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by tomorrow, May 22nd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, on Wednesday, May 23rd.

And also check back Wednesday on my blog for my second SIA-inspired outfit!

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Sewing adventures: How I made a belt and a headband out of a ribbon

My recent mini-break in-between summer and fall terms translated into time for house projects, as well as time to get caught up on sewing projects. When Sam bought me this embroidered ribbon earlier this spring, as seen in this monthly budget post from April 2017, I mentioned that “I plan to use the ribbon to make a regular belt plus a headband… projects for the summer!” And that plan came to fruition! 😀

This ribbon is so pretty, isn’t it? The embroidered design feels both delicate and bold at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red floral ribbon closeup

I have made a simple belt and a headband before, out of fabric leftover from hemming a dress, back in 2013. You can read those posts here and here.

Figuring out fabric for a double-sided belt

Because I had done it before, it was easier to make a start, as the ribbon served as one complete side to both the belt and headband, and served as the guide for the width of the other side.

The first step was to decide on the fabric for the other side of both the belt and headband. I could have gone with two different fabrics, but in the end, I really liked how this leftover plaid fabric paired with the red embroidered ribbon. Plus, plaid has its own straight lines, which makes it so much easier to line up the fabric, as well as cut and sew along the fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Making a simple belt with D-rings

The ribbon my husband brought me measured 72 inches long. Based on the belt I made previously, I knew I needed 48 inches for the belt, and I needed 22 inches for the headband. That left me with an extra 2 inches of the ribbon — perfect!

The plaid fabric I chose for the other side of the belt was not 48 inches long, so my first step was to cut and piece together two different pieces of the same plaid fabric and sew them together. I matched up the pattern, making sure the backs of the fabric pieces were on the outside and sewed a straight line down the two pieces. Then I stretched out the fabric, exposing the seam, and then I ironed it flat.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

While ironing the plaid bits of fabric I had sewn together, I then was able to use the lines in the plaid fabric to fold over and iron flat each long side. Again, the lines in the plaid made it so much easier to keep everything lined up!

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Then I pinned the ribbon on top of the plaid fabric that I had folded and ironed. It really made it so much easier having a ribbon serve as one side of the belt, as it was already hemmed in a sense! I just had to fold over and iron down the short ends of the ribbon.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

Next I used red thread to sew along the entire length of fabric, from one end all the way around. I made sure not to sew over the embroidered bits in the middle of the ribbon, so I sewed along the edges of the ribbon side, not the plaid side.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And then, of course, ironing everything flat again! Really, so much of sewing involves the iron!

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

With my long bit of fabric all sewed up, all I needed to finish out this simple belt was to attach the D-rings to one end.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And here is where my perfectionism kicks in! If I had simply folded over one side of the fabric over and through the D-rings, then one side of the fabric would be visible on the other side. So to work around that, I first folded over one side of the fabric and sewed straight across, as seen below.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

I then folded that bit back over to the other side, so the fabric patterns matched up again. Then I slipped in the D-rings to secure them in the fold. This bit is better explained visually, seen in the pic below.

The ribbon was exactly the width of the D-rings!

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

I then sewed a straight line across the folded-up bit of fabric as close to the D-rings as I could get. This double thickness by the D-rings made for a very secure hold for the rings. And then for a final finishing touch, and for extra hold, I sewed an X across the folded-over section. This finishing touch really does make a difference and makes everything look a little bit more professional.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And here’s the final result, a double-sided ribbon belt! The D-ring closures make for a simple belt design, as you just fold the ends of the fabric in and around the double rings.

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a belt out of ribbon

And here’s a collage of both sides of the belt — and two different ways to arrange the tie belt, whether or not you want to expose the contrasting fabric. (Sorry for the poor lighting and quality of the collage below — I took the pics in our walk-in closet.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tie belt collage

Making a simple headband with a hair elastic

For the leftover 22 inches of the ribbon, I followed the same steps above that I outlined for the belt — only I had much less fabric to cut, iron, pin, and sew along the edges. 😀 I also left open each end of the long rectangle of double-sided fabric, in order to leave room for the hair elastic.

The hardest bit was in securing the hair elastic along each end. Basically, I slipped the hair elastic in-between each open edge, and then I sewed lines on either side of the hair elastic to close everything up, for a more secure hold. And I was so tired by the end of making the headband that I forgot to take photos of those steps!

But here’s the final result of the double-sided headband:

Librarian for Life + Style| Making a headband out of ribbon

Do you like my new ribbon belt and headband? Gotta say, I’m pretty psyched how these projects worked out! And if I make another belt, I am definitely choosing a ribbon for one side again! It really made everything so much easier to manage! 🙂


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Adding interest with accessories | Maxidress + cardigan combo

Today’s outfit is not edgy or exciting, and I didn’t originally plan on taking photos of this casual work outfit when I got dressed that morning. Pairing a maxidress and a cardigan is almost like a work version of pajamas for me — sooooooo comfy and easy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

So why take photos at all? I realized at the end of the day it might be a useful example of demonstrating how much accessories can add interest to an outfit. If you look at the photos above and below, the accessories that add interest are:

  1. at the top, a silk headband in a colorful fern pattern and light pink bead earrings;
  2. in the middle, a striped tote bag; and
  3. at the bottom, strappy metallic sandals in a criss-cross pattern.

The different patterns of my headband and tote bag don’t match, of course, but they do “go” together color-wise, as they tie into the berry-colored cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

The backdrop is a mural at a local community park. The animal heads atop the human-shaped bodies are a little freaky, but I thought the purple tones played nicely with the colors of my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Park mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Weather:  Sunny

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Maxidress:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Headband:  Local boutique in Chicago, old
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Tote bag:  Fossil via DSW, gifted by a friend this past spring

Shop my outfit:

similar print headband  //  berry cardigan  //  similar black v-neck maxidress (I wore mine over a sports bra)  //  same style tote bag by same brand  //  similar metallic strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + accessories outfit collage

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How do you like to add interest to your outfits? Through colorful prints or color-blocking? Through jewelry? Shoes? Other accessories? Please leave a comment and share!


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“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” 😀 I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress:  Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan:  Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

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Turquoise + tan | Scene-stealing cat

My turquoise + tan outfit is almost beside the point in today’s post, as it is ALL about Savannah, a neighborhood cat, who totally steals the show with her cutie round face. If you’re a regular reader (thank you!), then you will probably recognize Savannah, from earlier posts here and here.

I am really into super simple outfit combinations lately, as this term has just been exhausting. It’s all I can do to check the weather in the morning and pull out pieces in my closet. Thank goodness I have good basics in my closet — like cardigans and ankle pants — because you can remix them in so many ways. I am continuing with bright colors for spring with my turquoise cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + tan | Cute cat

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + tan | Cute cat

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + tan | Cute cat

Librarian for Life + Style | Metallic braided headband collage

I added some pattern to my colorblocked outfit with my turquoise-and-brown pattern-mixing tote bag. I also added gold-and-crystal earrings, turquoise studs, and a metallic braided headband.

These pics below are my favorites. I MEAN. I cannot EVEN. Savannah is sooooooooo cute — look at that face!!!

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + tan | Cute cat

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + tan | Cute cat

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + tan | Cute cat

Have a scene-stealing Thursday!

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